The members of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East are delighted to welcome USVI Commissioner of Education Dr. Sharon McCollum as an honorary member of the club.  Dr. McCollum is the former principal of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Rotary East's adopted school, and she was instrumental in facilitating a very positive relationship between the school and the club.  Dr. McCollum will be inducted at Rotary East's weekly meeting this Wednesday, September 23rd, 6:30pm, at Paradise Cove's Inspiration Hall on Ridge Road (which runs between the traffic lights and Secret Harbor).  Please RSVP by text to Greg Miller 340-690-1083 if you would like to attend. Meeting fee is $22, which includes buffet dinner.
Commissioner McCollum at her swearing in ceremony.
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Dr. McCollum, who in her words, “hit the ground running,” spoke about forging relationships with all stakeholders who work with students. “I am all about rebuilding and establishing relationships within the Department of Education. The business community is stepping forward, offering financial support. New donors are coming on board. There is a renewed commitment on the part of all stakeholders to work together in a professional manner. Meetings with the Virgin Islands Board of Education are productive. Members of the Legislature have pledged support and meetings with the unions have been successful in creating new levels of dialogue between labor and management,” McCollum said.

Dr. McCollum also thanked mentors who provided support and guidance throughout her 30-plus years in the VI Education Department, including former Superintendents William Frett and Dr. Emily Romaine Carter, and former Governor Charles Turnbull.

Governor Kenneth Mapp said of McCollum’s appointment, “Dr. McCollum is a non-nonsense person who has exuded grade and confidence from the first day I met her. We are convinced the Education Department can move forward in a positive direction with Commissioner McCollum at the helm.”